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Mohammad Nabi: A Player to Look Out For in 2021

Mohammad Nabi playing recently for the Melbourne Renegades
Mohammad Nabi playing recently for the Melbourne Renegades
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Afghanistan played its first international series after more than a year against Ireland winning the ODI series 3-0. Mohammad Nabi, featured in all 3 matches.

Born in Logar, Afghanistan, Mohammad Nabi is one of the most respected cricketers in the country. Having captained the limited overs side, Nabi debuted against Scotland in an ODI game in 2009. Since then, he has come a long way to play an instrumental role in the rise of Afghanistan Cricket.

The Beginning:

There is an interesting story to how Mohammad Nabi got introduced to cricket and started thinking of it as a career. He used to play cricket in Peshawar at the age of 10 but the family moved to Afghanistan in 2000 and at that stage you well have more luck on hindislots.com than to have predicted he would become one’s of the world’s most well-known white ball cricketers of his generation.

The sports infrastructure was poor in Afghanistan and, to play cricket, the players had to depend on cricket kits coming from neighbouring nations like India and Pakistan. Nabi began playing cricket in Afghanistan with Mohammad Shahzad, Asghar Afghan and Shapoor Zadran, all of whom have represented Afghanistan national side.

His first competitive match was against the Rahim Yar Khan team representing an Afghanistan team. Their team was very poor but Mohammad Nabi was the lone warrior as he smashed 61 runs in the game. These were the signs for a very promising career that lay ahead of Nabi.

Nabi was first noticed by an England cricket’s popular name Mike Gatting in 2006, when he played a tour game against MCC team in Mumbai and top scored with 116 runs to win the game for his team. As a result, Nabi was included in the MCC Young Cricketers program in England.

 

Afghanistan Gains ODI Status: 

The journey of Afghanistan Cricket from Division Five of the World Cricket League to One Day International status is nothing short of a great fictional tale. Nabi played an important role in helping Afghanistan win the 2008 ICC World Cricket League Division Five as he picked up 10 wickets in the tournament and scored important 108 runs. He followed his phenomenal form into 2008 ICC World Cricket League Division Four, which Afghanistan won and Nabi was named the man of the tournament for picking 14 wickets at an average of 5.35 and scoring 154 runs.

Nabi scored 58 runs on his debut to get to his maiden half century against Scotland in a winning effort.

Captaincy:

Nabi took over the captaincy role of Afghanistan Cricket Team in March 2013. The first major tournament played under his captaincy was the 2014 Asia Cup. The highlight of the tournament was Afghanistan beating Bangladesh, a Test nation comprehensively. Mohammad Nabi held the captaincy job through the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and the 2015 Cricket World Cup. However, due to a poor team performance, Nabi resigned as a captain and looked forward to focus on his career as a player.

 

After the Captaincy:

When Inzamam Ul Haq took over as the coach of Afghanistan Cricket Team, he decided to promote Nabi up the order to number 3. The strategy worked wonders for Afghanistan in a bilateral series against Zimbabwe in 2015. Nabi scored a maiden ODI century and a total of 223 runs in the tournament and helped achieve a 3-2 victory over Zimbabwe. It was a huge moment for Afghanistan as they beat a full ICC member in a bilateral series for the first time.

During ICC World Twenty20 2016, Nabi played an important role in Afghanistan’s progress into the Super 10 round as they beat both Hongkong and Zimbabwe in the group games. Nabi’s heroics against England in the same tournament almost caused an upset as he picked up a wicket, effected a run-out at important occasion and also took a brilliant catch but England held on to the nerve to win the match by 15 runs.

On 29 June 2019, Mohammad Nabi took his 200th international wicket against Pakistan. In the 2019 World Cup, he was the top wicket taker for Afghanistan with 10 scalps in 9 matches.

Playing around the world: 

Mohammad Nabi is one of the most favoured players for Franchises across the world in domestic leagues. He has played in Bangladesh Premier League, Big Bash League, Pakistan Super League, Indian Premier League, Afghanistan Premier League, England’s T20 Blast and the Caribbean Premier League. 

Mohammad Nabi’s best bowling performance came in a match against St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, where he took his first five wicket haul in a T20 game while representing St. Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League 2020. His best batting performance in a T20 league came against Rajshahi Kings as he scored 87 not out playing for Chittagong Vikings in the 2016 edition of Bangladesh Premier League.

Mohammad Nabi’s skills with both bat and ball make him a valuable asset for any cricket franchise, around the world, and he is currently in the Delhi Bulls squad in the Abu Dhabi T10 League.

Mohammad Nabi will also feature in the ICC T20 World Cup later in the year and the upcoming International series –

Feb - Mar 2021 Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe 2021

Matches: 2 Test, 3 T20Is

March 2021 Afghanistan tour of India 2021

Matches: 3 ODIs


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